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Charm City Run 20 Miler

  • The Northern Central Trail Freeland, MD (map)


Please join us for the Charm City Run 20 Miler along the NCR Trail. The NCR Trail is a hardpacked, dirt surface and part of the “Rails to Trail” program. This race is a great training or peak event to prepare for a fall marathon. Max 350 runners. 


$40 through April 30, 2018
$45 through June 30, 2018
$50 until race day
$55 race day

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.

***Add $10 to the entry fee if you want bus transportation to the start and please indicate such on your registration.

There is a 350-runner capacity on this race.

Please click here for a printable mail-in registration form.


Questions? Please contact our events team at

Packet Pick-Up

Friday, September 21st from 1-4PM
Charm City Run - Bel Air
126 South Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

Saturday, September 22nd from 9AM-1PM
Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day
beginning at 6 a.m. at Ashland Marketplace

Parking & Buses

There is no parking at the start of the race in Freeland, MD. Arrange your own drop-off at the race start or ride the bus from the race-day registration and finish area at Ashland Marketplace.

The first bus will leave Ashland Marketplace at 6:15 a.m. Buses will leave every 15 minutes thereafter, provided they are full. The last bus will leave at 7:15 a.m. Transportation is not guaranteed for race-day registrants. If you have yet to register for the bus, transportation can be added to your registration by attending a packet pick up session prior to the event, bus transportation cannot be added on race day.


Performance shirts to all participants; medical coverage on course; water and Gatorade at designated sites; post-race refreshments at the finish line area.

NOTE: Fluids are available only about every three miles. It is recommended runners carry their own fluid replacement and/or energy supplement.


Cash awards to top three male and female finishers overall ($150, $75, $50); masters ($50); top three male and female finishers in following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.


We have plenty of volunteering opportunities.  Please click the link below to read more and register to volunteer.


To Ashland Marketplace:

From the South, East or West: I-695 to I-83 North. Follow I-83 to Exit 18 Warren Rd. Follow Warren Rd. to York Rd. (Rt 45) and turn left. Follow York Rd. approximately one mile, past Valley View Farms to Ashland Market Place on your right.

From the North: I-83 South to Shawan Rd., east to York Rd. Turn right on York Rd. Ashland Market Place is on your left after traffic signal at Ashland Rd.

To Start: The only cars permitted at the race are for drivers dropping off runners.
I-83 to Exit 36. Follow exit ramp and turn right onto York Rd. Follow York Rd. north to the town of Maryland Line. Turn left onto Freeland Rd. Drive approximately three miles to trail drop-off site on your right, just after you cross over the North Central Trail.


The course is 20 miles downgrade on the Northern Central Trail. The NCR Trail is a hard-packed, dirt surface and part of the "Rails To Trail" program. The trail is open to casual runners, horse riders and bikers during our event. Please be gracious to all. This is the same trail used for the Northern Central Trail Marathon. This race is a great training or peak event to prepare for a fall marathon. Course maps available at packet pick-up.

For a map of the NCR Trail please click here.


Please review the Charm City Run Weather and Event Cancellation policy here prior to registering for this event. If you have any questions about the policy please email us at prior to registering. 

Event Guidelines

Please no baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, skates, bikes, dogs, pets or headphones allowed on the race course. Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible. DO NOT exchange or give your race number to another participant.


Earlier Event: September 23
Charlottesville Triathlon
Later Event: September 26
Fueling & Hydrating for Your Fall Race